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Meridian, Mississippi
United States
Sunfish Triathlon
82F / 28C
Total Time = 1h 14m 42s
Overall Rank = 7/345
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 1/25
Pre-race routine:

The usual. Up early as I wanted to get to transition by 5:15am to get a good spot. Got a good parking place and a good spot in transition.
Event warmup:

Ran about a mile, did some stretches and swam about 5-10 min.
  • 09m 36s
  • 536 meters
  • 01m 47s / 100 meters

Solid swim for me. Very controlled and likely would have been faster but ran into groups of swimmers 2-3 times and had to navigate around them. Easily worked into a moderate pace then more moderate plus over the last 200 or so.
What would you do differently?:

Get to start in the "elite" wave so it would be less crowded? Really can't complain.
Transition 1
  • 00m 31s

This was a good transition. Still not putting shoes on the bike as I'm not comfortable with that.
What would you do differently?:

Had trouble getting left shoe clipped in
  • 43m 4s
  • 17 miles
  • 23.68 mile/hr

Wanted to push this a bit but not over do it. Legs didn't feel great for the first 3-4 miles but then came around and I was able to maintain solid power. There were a few stretches of road where I just didn't want to go any harder/faster due to the rough pavement. Ended up with power at AP248/NP253. Course is hilly compared to most down here and Garmin showed 650 feet of elevation gain.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I could have pushed harder on the bike.....effort felt hard but not on the edge. Knew it would be hot on the run so didn't want to overcook the bike leg.
Transition 2
  • 01m 3s

This was bad....20-30 seconds slower than most. I ran right past my spot in transition and had trouble finding it.....blah! Otherwise fine.
What would you do differently?:

Go straight to my spot and exit T2 30 seconds quicker.
  • 20m 28s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 06m 36s  min/mile

I wanted to push this. Splits were 6:33/6:33/6:45 and last .14 at 5:45/mile pace. It hurt the whole way but a good run overall. Maybe be with some cooler weather I can get under 20 someday in a sprint 5K
What would you do differently?:

This was all I had
Post race
Warm down:

Sat and tried to cool off. Visited with friends, ate some pizza then cleaned up transition. Waited around for awards then headed home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing today other than crappy T2. Felt like I raced hard but smart in the heat.

Event comments:

Fun race. Second year I have done it and they do a nice job.

I'm pleased with my race. Great to get first in grandmasters but more excited to get 7th overall. Nice to be able to try and compete with the young guys....those days are likely numbered for this old man.

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Last updated: 2014-07-11 12:00 AM
00:09:36 | 536 meters | 01m 47s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/25
Overall: 15/345
Performance: Good
Suit: Kiwami swim skin
Course: Basically a big triangle with swim exit right next to swim start..
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:31
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:43:04 | 17 miles | 23.68 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/25
Overall: 7/345
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Out of the park to the right then along highway for about 4 miles. Left into more rural area for a loop on some rough roads then return. Hilly...especially on the way out.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 91
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:03
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:20:28 | 03.1 miles | 06m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/25
Overall: 11/345
Performance: Good
Course: Out of transition up to the dam and across. Down to park entrance then a lap around the lake and return. Hill to get up on the levee/dam at around 2.5 miles is short/steep and painful at that point of the race.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2014-07-14 2:24 PM

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2014-07-14 3:26 PM
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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Well played chief!!
2014-07-14 7:39 PM
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Morgan Hill, CA
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Great job again, Randy! You're really getting primed for Nationals next month. I didn't know that Meridian hosts a triathlon. My girlfriend's mom lives there and we've visited several times. Glad you survived the heat. I've been amazed lately at how well 50+ age-groupers are placing in the overall results. You are part of a growing trend -- keep it up!

2014-07-15 6:25 AM
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Detroit, Michigan
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Congrats on a great race!!
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